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'''''' (Devanagari: ) was an early Sanskrit grammarian who preceded Pāṇini (fl. 4th BC), assumed to have lived in the 6th or 5th century BC. Nothing is known about him other than that he is traditionally identified as the author of ''Nirukta'', the discipline of "etymology" (explanation of words) within Vyākaraṇa|Sanskrit grammatical tradition.
Birth datec. 6th–5th century BC
Eralate Vedic period
RegionIndian subcontinent
Main interestsSanskrit grammarian
Notable ideasGrammar
Major works''Nirukta''
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